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this is bbc news. the headlines at 2:00pm: a rock star, jailed for depraved child abuse, could have been caught years earlier if a key witness had been believed. the singer's former girlfriend reported him to the police many times, but she was never taken seriously. she, time after time ask them to look at her laptop where she had an e—mailfrom him look at her laptop where she had an e—mail from him with look at her laptop where she had an e—mailfrom him with photographs of children and they didn't want to look at it. a warning of potential major disruption on the railways and the roads this weekend as millions prepare for the bank holiday amid engineering works on some of the country's busiest routes. a south korean scandal as the heir to the samsung empire is sentenced to five years in prison for bribery and embezzlement. also in the next hour — texas braces itself for hurricane harvey. it's due to hit the sourthern united states tonight and is set to be the worst hurricane since katrina.
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at least 13 people have been killed in violent protests over the rape conviction of a popular religious leader in north india. wifi controlled convoys of lorries could be on major british roads by the the end of next year — as part of a plan to cut emissions and reduce congestion. and england struggle as they lose three wickets on the first morning of the second test against the west indies at headingley. of the second test against the west indies at headingley. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. a rock starjailed for child abuse could have been stopped nearly four years earlier if numerous allegations against him had been
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investigated properly and if a witness had been believed. the independent police complaints commission says south wales police missed a series of chances to stop the lost prophets singer ian watkins' abuse of children. watkins was jailed for 29 years in 2013 after admitting sexual offences, including the attempted rape of a baby. our wales correspondent sian lloyd reports. a rock star, whose music earned him fans around the world, but in private, ian watkins was a paedophile. his behaviour was described as having plumbed the depths of depravity. he was convicted in 2013, but according to the police watchdog, the independent pleats complaints commission, he could have been stopped sooner if reports about his sexual interest in children had been followed up. bias, whether unconscious or conscious has no place in 21st—century policing. it doesn't matter who someone is, what someone is.
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what is really important is what that person is saying. that's what was missing in this case. that is what meant that ian watkins was free to offend for years longer than he need have been, and that is what so important to put right. joanne mjadzelics had first reported ian watkins to the authorities. she had worked as an escort and had been in a relationship with the singer. she had messages on her phone in which he spoke of wanting to abuse children, but officers didn't think she was the right sort of complainant and she wasn't taken seriously. but she wasn't a lone voice. between december 2008 and june 20 12, six people raised concerns. it led to eight reports, and three intelligence logs. but during that time, ian watkins wasn't arrested, questioned or even required to respond to the allegations. today, joanne mjadzelics's barrister said she hoped lessons have been learned. she'd time after time went to her
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local police station, operating them the chance to look at her laptop where she had any know from him attaching photographs of underage children and they didn't want to look at it. south wales police didn't begin investigating ian watkins until four years after they were tipped off that he was a danger to children. he was arrested during a drugs raid at his home here in pontypridd. what they then found on his mobile phones and computers showed that those earlier warnings should have been acted on. south wales police accept the report's findings, and admit they failed to listen or investigate properly. they say they are truly sorry. last week, the ipcc also accused the south yorkshire force of inaction in investigating watkins. he manipulated fans to get access to his victims. the extent of his abuse may never be known. major disruption on the railways will peak this weekend as millions
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prepare for the bank holiday getaway amid engineering works on some of the country's busiest rail routes. key stations in london and services to and from wales and the north of england and scotland will be heavily affected. road users have also been advised to expect longerjourneys as people take to the roads instead. adina campbell reports. with the queues building here at euston station, it is set to get even busier as millions of us prepare to travel over the bank holiday weekend. this station will completely close from tomorrow, affecting passengers up and down the uk, with no trains to london from the west coast mainline. there's never an ideal time to carry out these railway improvement works, but we carry out 15,000 projects every year, and most of those happen overnight. during bank holidays, fewer people are travelling and we can deliver much bigger projects for passengers. this will be the biggest ever august
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bank holiday engineering project by network rail, costing more than £130 million, involving 17,000 engineers. the work's expected to benefit millions of passengers. the work will see platforms extended to make way for longer trains as well as improvements to tracks and signalling, and preparation work for hs2. i think it is absolute madness because people will struggle. i think it is really mental to do that. it is going to cause some disruption, but they have planned for it. people know. obviously, they will take alternative routes. ijust think it is a failure of important public service for londoners and for people around the country. rail services in the midlands, wales, and across the north will also be disrupted. transport campaigners
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say it is well overdue. there has been historic underinvestment in the railway going back decades, and some of what is going on this weekend, not just at euston, but at waterloo, london bridge, and elsewhere on the rail network, is about putting that right and actually providing better and more reliable services. euston isn't the only station affected in london. work will also be happening at waterloo, london bridge, liverpool street, and paddington. roads are also expected to be busier than normal, especially on monday. traffic is going to build through the course of the weekend. it is actually going to peak on monday with around 5 million leisure journeys on our roads. that is people headed back after the school holidays ahead of the new school term starting, but also people looking to enjoy day trips. passengers on roads, railways or in airports are being advised to give themselves plenty of time to travel to avoid disruption. 0ur correspondents adina campbell is at euston station and dan whitworth is on the m6 near knutsford. give us a sense of how things are
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looking? well, it has got a lot busier in the last few hours. you may be able to see the passengers behind me looking at those information boards head of their travel plans this weekend. of course it is set to get even busier as we enter the friday afternoon, freddy afternoon peak period. use i'm in my report before, but here is ross eastern from network rail. remind us why this work is important? there is ever an ideal time to carry out this engineering work, but passenger numbers in the past 20 years have more than doubled and as a result of that it more than doubled and as a result of thatitis more than doubled and as a result of that it is required. we need to do these huge megaprojects, upgrade the where ways, deliver better services for passengers in the future. why during the bank holiday weekend knowing that so many people are planning to get away and the parmley
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friends? as i say, there is no ideal time. most of our work is carried out during the night. during bank holiday weekend, we have the opportunity to get in there and carry out much bigger projects. opportunity to get in there and carry out much bigger projectsm terms of contingency plans, revised timetables, how's that affected there are 17,000 people out there working to deliver £133 million of upgrades across the railway this bank holiday. travel experts and campaigners have said this work is long overdue. this has been needed for so many years, why hasn't this been done before? we are actually investing over £130 million everything a week in delivering upgrades across the railway. a lot of that work goes on behind the scenes at night when people are in their bed sleeping. we are at their
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re ce nt their bed sleeping. we are at their recent update on the railway network, there is work going on to maintain and upgrade the railway across the country. wenbo does when he finished? it seems as if they are done gradually to read because of the year. how much longer before we see these improvements? there is a huge number projects we are working oi'i huge number projects we are working on this weekend. the number of those are coming towards completion. waterloo we are delivering a 30% increase in capacity at the uk byes biggest railway station. that work is going on this weekend and is ending on tuesday morning. there is other work like a jazz tutors used inflation. houston is cause for two days tomorrow and sunday. delivering these huge railway megaprojects for better services for passengers in the future. thank you very much indeed. as i mentioned earlier, the advice is to plan yourjourney with the time, check before you travel. there are sporting events on this
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weekend, for example the rugby league final at wembley. fans are being advised to make sure they plan their journeys, give being advised to make sure they plan theirjourneys, give themselves plenty of time. and of course notting hill carnival. check before you travel and stay safe. thank you. now we can join you travel and stay safe. thank you. now we canjoin dan on the m6. and what are people being told about the potential impact on the major routes like the m6, dan? i have to say i must mirror the previous report. we have been here for a couple of hours now and the traffic is really starting to build up traffic is really starting to build up and get heavy. the era ec is forecasting that the busiest times as weekend will be between three and seven this afternoon and all day on monday when it is expected around 5 million cars will be on the road. the highways agency is aware of this. it has been planning for this for many weeks and months. it has removed around about 430 miles worth of roadworks. he stretches have
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stayed in place of safety. 20 miles of roadworks here from junction 16 to 19 have been removed. that is from crewe to manchester. 26 miles on the a—1 north of leeming. the m1, the m-16 on the a—1 north of leeming. the m1, the m—16 are affected. the m5 and routes towards exeter, the south—west of england. all routes in and out of the late district and the m1 and m3 motorway is out of london. if you missed any of that, as edina said, one piece of advice is to check your journey, said, one piece of advice is to check yourjourney, check said, one piece of advice is to check your journey, check a said, one piece of advice is to check yourjourney, check a route before you travel. if you have wannabes, and you probably have, search the bbc august bank holiday travel. you will have all the information you need at your fingertips. thank you berry much indeed, dan. there are reports that at least four people are dead and scores injured in north india in riots after a popular and controversial religious leader was found guilty of raping two female followers. more than 200,000 of gurmeet ram rahim singh‘s
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supporters flocked to the city where he was convicted. 0ur delhi correspondent sanjoy majumder is in delhi with the latest. violence has been spreading every amorous since that verdict came in. gurmeet ram rahim singh convicted of raping two of his followers, a case which dates back to the year 2002. as you have mentioned, several hundred thousand, in fact drawn to those of his followers had already taken up position near the court. as the verdict came, they resorted to violence and attacked police lines and vehicles. they set public property on fire. we are hearing reports that buses and train carriages have been set on fire. simply verdict, the violence has spread across several towns in the northern state of punjab. the state which borders deli and within the
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powers couple of hours, we are hearing reports of islands here in the capital as well. at least one bus set on fire and that least a couple of train carriages had been attacked by his followers. —— reports of violence. an armed is a goodie personnel had been placed in position before the verdict. they started by resorting to tear gas shells to try and get order and when that failed, they used live ammunition. that's when we understand some of the deaths took place. gurmeet ram rahim singh is a very controversial spiritual leader. he is often known as the guru of blowing. he has the personality of a rock star. he is often seen wearing outlandish clothes and ornate jewellery. he has performed any number of music videos as well as at least three films, one of which was called messenger of god. . he has several million followers around the world. if you see some of his public
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performances you can see it almost has the atmosphere of a rock concert. hundreds of thousands of followers gathered, many of them very devoted to him. that's what we are seeing now by way of reaction to this verdict. he has now been moved to prison. we will be expecting sentencing on monday, but the biggest concern now is to try and get some sense of control back on the streets. thank you. it's to 15 pm. the headlines on bbc news: the police watchdog has said the paedophile ian watkins could have been arrested years earlier if south wales police had not ignored her pulse. travel the leaves of the bank holiday weekend due to engineering works, with roadworks also affecting somejourneys. works, with roadworks also affecting some journeys. the works, with roadworks also affecting somejourneys. the billionaire chairman and a of samsung has been
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jailed for five years for corruption. in sport, dafydd milan hat is the latest casualties in the first against west indies at headingley. it comes after it comes after the hosts last alastair cook, and stone. gareth bale is back after serving a one match ban. another player has also made the team for the first time. the rugby world cup final against new zealand. emily scarratt moving to full—back. more stories at 2:30pm. the government has announced that convoys of partially driverless lorries will be tried out on major british roads by the end of next year. the lead lorry would have a driver at the wheel and those
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behind would be connected by wireless technology. the aa says it is concerned the trials present a risk to other motorists as our correspondent andy gill reports. they call it platooning, trucks travelling in wi—fi connected convoy, with much less space between them than normal. this dutch project is with two vehicles. the trial just announced here will be with three. they'll be more efficient, take up less space on the network, improve fuel efficiency and hopefully pass on those cost savings to the consumer. each lorry has a driver, but the lead cab has control. to think about how three trucks can travel down the road in a platoon, imagine that the lead truck is a giant wi—fi hub, sending out signals on the precise distances and speed the other two need to travel at. and the wi—fi on the trailing two trucks can react much more quickly to signals than a human being can.
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the funding announcement was made at a lancashire truck factory. researchers say because vehicles in platoon are in each other‘s slipstream, fuel consumption and pollution fall. through trials and demonstrations, we will see perhaps up to 10% efficiencies. that's10% savings in fuel and that's going to translate directly to 10% reduction in co2, for example. so some real benefits to operators and society. but one road user's body is sceptical. the uk motorways are the most congested in europe, we have more entrances and exits. and if you have a platoon of driverless lorries, it's difficult to see road signs, it will be difficult to exit the motorway. but highways england, which is also funding the project, says it will examine how other
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drivers interact with the convoys. we will not ask anybody to be particularly changing their behaviour. but highways england, which is also funding the project, says it will examine how other drivers interact with the convoys. but highways england, which is also funding the project, says it will examine how other drivers interact with the convoys. we will not ask anybody to be particularly changing their behaviour. the normal rules, the laws that apply today will apply in the future. this is looking at how people will behave when confronted by the situation so we can help to either eliminate the problem or manage the situation effectively. there'll be rigorous safety checks before any platoons are allowed on the road. then they'll compere real delivery journeys made by platoon trucks with one made in the traditional way. andy gill, bbc news, lancashire. texas is preparing itself for hurricane harvey — which could be the worst storm to hit the us mainland in 12 years. the category—three storm is expected to make landfall along the state's central coast tonight. there are concerns that torrential rain could bring life—threatening flooding to some parts. the big concern is the strengthening storm off the coast here in texas. harvey is still a category two storm right now,
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but is on the verge of becoming a major hurricane, a category three storm. it would be the first hurricane to make landfall here along the texas gulf coast in nine years. take a look behind me. the waves here here at the corpus christi bay are already whipping up, but we are seeing some wind and rain, but this is really just a taste of what is ahead. not only over the course of the next few hours, but over the course of the next few days. harvey will be a long duration storm in this region. flooding is a very big concern here. places here could see up to 30 inches of rain by the end of the storm. the storm surge is also a very big concern. in fact, the spot i'm standing in will likely be under several feet of water by the end of the weekend. they are expecting storm surges of up to six to 12 feet from this storm.
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nick millerjoins us from bbc weather. it was starting to brew up when he was speaking to us a little while ago. what is the latest? it is clearly wet and windy along the coastline in texas, but things are only going to get worse. gusts around a0 mph, but we will increase the sustained wind and gusts as a get closer to landfill which is expected to be added this evening or the earlier as of saturday local time in texas. there are several elements of us. we talk about the wind speed. currently sustained wind of 110 mph close to the centre of this powerful harry kane. it is expected to strengthen to a major storm. we heard mention of the storm surge and the flooding. the storm
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surge and the flooding. the storm surge of the higher than normal pile of water that will be on the coastline into areas that would normally be expected to be dry. the rainfall numbers are quite staggering. he said 30 inches of rainfall is expected widely. there could be up to 35 inches of rainfall. that is 900 millimetres of rain. i will put that in context. that is expected between now and next wednesday. that's a little bit more than the annual rainfall average in manchester, which some of us average in manchester, which some of us might see is if early wet place. not dry! there is some debate about that. that is in perspective how much rainfall is expected. there's storm is not going to move through fast? that is one of the most travelling aspects. it will meander near or just travelling aspects. it will meander near orjust inland travelling aspects. it will meander near or just inland at travelling aspects. it will meander near orjust inland at the middle texas coast through the weekend. some harry kane is when the hit the
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coastline or continue moving through they will weaken quickly and move on somewhere else and become nothing after time. thisjust somewhere else and become nothing after time. this just gets closer that coastline and lingers which means it rains, rains, rains. i think flooding will become a huge issue. flooding normally gets worse even when the rain is worse, so i would expected to be a major issue continuing well into next week. a few do realise this order totals we re few do realise this order totals were talking about here. thank you, nick. general bbc weather demoted as updated on this through the week. the billionaire boss of the samsung empire and south korea's third richest man has been jailed for five years after being found guilty of bribery, embezzlement and perjury. in a scandal that has already toppled a south korean president, jay y. lee was found guilty of making inappropriate donations worth around $6 million in exchange for government favours. there is flash photography in our report from yogita limaye. jae—yong lee is one of the most
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powerful businessmen in the world. now he's facing a jail sentence that is among the longest ever given to a top executive in south korea. mr lee, has been found guilty of paying bribes to the previous government here. his lawyers say they will go to a higher court. translation: as a lawyer, i cannot accept any of the legaljudgment, or the fact—finding in the ruling. we will make an appeal immediately and we are confident the ruling will be overturned. the case is part of a major corruption scandal which erupted in south korea late last year and evoked public anger. tens of thousands came out on the streets. and that triggered the removal of the country's president park geun—hye. and that triggered the removal of the country's president park geun—hye.
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she was accused of allowing her close friend to accept donations from south korea's large conglomerates in return for government favours. 0utside court on friday, anti—corru ption protesters gathered once again as the verdict was being delivered. "samsung is evil", one woman shouted. but there were others who were unhappy with the court's decision. she, and a group of park geun—hye supporters, think the whole verdict is part of a government plan to eventually prove that the former president is guilty too. the verdict that come from this court room is about so much more than just one company. if mr lee's sentence is upheld, and one of the most powerful businessmen of this country actually has to spend a significant amount of time injail, it could be a turning point for the relationship between south korea's big firms and the government here. large conglomerates like samsung dominate south korea's economy
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and so, even when they've been found guilty of corruption in the past, they've been let off easily. the country's new government though, has promised to take on unethical businesses. and jae—yong lee's trial could be just the start. yogita limaye, bbc news, seoul. it's one of the busiest motorway junctions in the country with more accidents than any other in england, but plans to improve the m25 atjunction ten could threaten a number of rare trees and plants at the historic wisley garden. highways england says the upgrade will make the road safer but campaigners, including alan titchmarsh, are calling for british gardeners to take a stand against the plans. tim muffett reports. traffic versus tranquillity. at the royal horticultural society garden at wisley in surrey, a row is taking root. it seems a mad proposal to be taking
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down some of these trees as has been suggested, because we're never going to be able to replace them. and they are wonderful, we should be really nurturing these and looking after them for the future. it's madness to be taking them down. the problem is this nearbyjunction where the m25 meets the a3. it's often congested. highways england says it has the highest accident rate of any motorwayjunction in the country and that improvements are needed. but the rhs fears one proposal being considered will see the a3 expanded and two and a half acres of its woodland destroyed along with 500 trees. it has high profile support. this is a giant redwood. you've heard of these, massive. over 100 years old. one of several down this great strip. this, along with rhododendrons, magnolias, camellias, would all go. other options, which would have less impact on these gardens,
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are being considered, but the road improvements are imminent. it's widely accepted by all sides that changes to thejunction need to be made. the road behind you, though, needs improvement, doesn't it? the junction needs improving. it does need improving. i use that road every day, too. i'm also a commuter, coming from london, and it's not perfect. but there is a brownfield site on the other side of the road where this extension could take place that wouldn't involve taking some 100 years of heritage. and these trees, like the redwood next to me, will go on to live for hundreds more years. it's not just about the here and the now. it's for many future generations. highways england said in a statement that it cares about the environment and protecting the special habitats around wisley is a priority. upgrading the junction will, it says, improve people'sjourneys and make both roads safer. a decision is expected in the next few weeks. concerns over these trees have stepped up a gear. tim muffett, bbc news. let's get that at the weather. a
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north and south split to our weather today. the further north you are, showery outbreaks of quite heavy rain at times. further south, more a new way of sunshine. as we move through the rest of the day, that is how we will stay. a touch more in the way of cloud across wales. northern ireland and scotland, heavy and showery outbreaks of rain. a touch of localised flooding across northern ireland. moving into the night, that rain will edit suite used words. travelling out in the west. further south, used words. travelling out in the west. furthersouth, mostly dry used words. travelling out in the west. further south, mostly dry with temperatures reaching an overnight low between 11 and 15 celsius. tomorrow, vastly improved from northern ireland and scotland. rain
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clearing to the east. mostly dry across central and southern england and wales. good spells of sunshine. hello. this is bbc news. 0ur headlines at half past two. the police watchdog has said that the paedophile ian watkins had investigated numerous tip—offs. travel delays are expected over the bank holiday weekend as engineering and roadworks take place on some of the country's busiest routes. the billionaire chairman and heir of samsung has been jailed for five years for corruption. at least 1a people have been killed in violent protests over the rape conviction of a controversial religious leader in north india.
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texas braces itself for hurricane harvey, the worst storm to hit the us mainland in 12 years. let's get across all from the bbc sports centre. let's go across there are now. west indies have so far had the better of the first day of their second test against england at headlingley. choosing to bat first may not have been the best idea forjoe root as his side lost four early wickets. a short time ago england were 86—a cook, stoneman and westley, and malan the men out. chris coleman's announced his wales squad for the world cup qualifiers next month against austria & moldova. gareth bale will make a return after missing the 1—1 draw with serbia injune because of a one match ban. ethan ampadu — just 16 years old — is also in the squad for the first time after his move
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from exeter to chelsea. the draw for the group stages of the europa league — arsenal will face bate borisov of belarus, the german side cologne and serbia's red star belgrade in group h. everton are in group e with lyon, atalanta and apollon limassol of cyprus. let's look ahead to the early kick—off in the premier league for you. borunemouth take on man city at the vitality stadium — manager eddie howe says his team needs to kick—start their season fast after losing both of their opening league games and he isn't impressed with his players. not great. results are one thing but the performances have been the most disappointing factor in that. i do not believe we have got it going yet. we have two really fire,
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because if we don't, it will be another difficult afternoon. jurgen klopp has admitted before that he doesn't keep totally up to date the the news here in the uk. but it seemed he was caught out somewhat at his press conference ahead of liverpool's match against arsenal on sunday, when he was was asked about a new arrival for gini wijnaldum. after the child is born. thank you for the message. congratulations! a little boy? so he cold all of you but not me? that's good. so last week the thing i said was that i don't read the english press. facebook is a good way to and for me. west brom have signed scotland winger 0liver burke from german club rb liepzig on a five—year contract. burke became the most expensive scottish player ever when he joined the bundesliga side for a fee
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of about £13 million last year. burke could make his west brom debut on sunday at home to stoke in the premier league. kimi raikkonen has celebrated his new ferrari contract by going quickest in first practice at the belgian grand prix. he was less than a tenth of a second quicker than lewis hamilton who was next over the line. second practice is currently underway but felipe massa won't be running again today after he crashed heavily in the first session. the 36—year—old is returning this weekend, having missed the hungarian grand prix through illness. let's get some news on england's rugby world cup team for tomorrow finals against new zealand. megan jones will start tomorrow's final she's replacing danielle waterman whose out after suffering concussion from their semifinal match with france. so with a bit of a reshuffle in mind emily scarratt will be moving to full back. and it means bristol's amy wilson—hardy comes onto the replacements bench. there's full commentary of the final
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on bbc radio five live on saturday — kick off at 7.a5pm. that is all from me. back in an hour. radical action is needed to help integrate some immigrants into society, according to a group of mps. in a new report, the all—party—parliamentary group on ‘social integration' warns that the immigration debate has become polarised. it's renewing calls for the government to make english lessons compulsory. the home office says it already funds community cohesion projects, including some focused on language. the chair of the group, labourmp chuka umunna, spoke to the bbc this morning. the overall argument that we are making here is that integration is absolutely key. and the poisonous nature of the debate about immigration is actually hindering integration, it is putting off newcomers to our communities who actually get involved in the life of the communities. that requires better leadership frankly amongst a whole host of other things. there are two things here. first of all, government has
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to provide more funding. there's no two ways about that. secondly, you can do that in a way perhaps that doesn't break the bank and is perhaps not as costly as it could be by introducing an income contingent loan like the student loan system to help newcomers to actually fund their own english—language learning. this proposal arises looking at the things that they do in canada and australia, where they have devolved immigration policy to the provinces and regions in those countries. what they do there is they have employers help with the issue of region specific visas which require a person to work for two or three years in a particular region before they are allowed to move across the rest of the country. what we're trying to do here is to actually give localities and regions much more power over the way our immigration system works
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to increase the confidence in it so that people feel they have more control over what is happening in their communities. david goodhart is the head of demographics, immigration & integration at the policy exchange. thank you very much for coming in. what do you make of the report?” run an integration unit, so i am all this in favour of more reports, it isa this in favour of more reports, it is a great national issue. there is a lot of good sense and what this report is saying, it is talking about a statutory duty on local authorities to encourage mixing. integration policy unit in the cabinet office to integrate different approaches across whitehall. it is talking about, to have a loan system for learning english for people who come here, a bit like there student loan system. it has got some imaginative ideas about how to provide a framework and
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welcome to people when they first come. it talks about welcome centres in big cities, language cafes, which would be a centre for people who wa nt to would be a centre for people who want to be mentors or those who want to help. i think there is a lot of good sense in it and i think it built on the report that louise casey did at the end of last year. we are still awaiting a government response to that and hopefully some of these proposals, 56 proposals in this report, will feed into that government response to casey. having said all that, i do think this report is too political. it is not cross— party report is too political. it is not cross—party enough. it is not trying to appeal to both weavers and remainers. it is a militant defence of large—scale immigration. remainers. it is a militant defence of large-scale immigration. do you think it fails to address that many people do feel disquiet about immigration? it is trying to have it
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both ways, on one and it is concerned about the bill world and many people feel about the skill and demographic of ethnic change in the country. then it wants to separate immigration from that, as if to say the scale of immigration is irreleva nt to the scale of immigration is irrelevant to people's anxiety of social change. 0bviously irrelevant to people's anxiety of social change. obviously the two things are interlinked. this report is saying almost the opposite, it is trying to say that we can have, if we get integration right, we can continue to have these high levels of immigration. i think that is a utopian notion. some big questions to be addressed. let's go back on that point of a legal requirement for local authorities to work on this, to put in place measures doing courage social integration. how straightforward with that be? do you think there are definite that all
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local authorities could be doing, or would it depend on where you live? it depends on where you live. i think some of this symbolic, some could have a real effect. new council in east london has had this policy for a while of not supporting any so—called single identity funding. so they will not give funding. so they will not give funding toa funding. so they will not give funding to a bangladeshi mothers group unless it is also sharing its base or its resources were some other group. and that to be, that is the kind of thing that will be easier to spread throughout the country, if we had the statutory duty to push mixing where possible. the truth is integration in a liberal society like ours is very very difficult. i noticed the report is shying away from any kind of quarters, people have started to talk about quotas and schools and in areas of high minority populations. some countries do do this. it rather
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goes against our tradition. but i think we are going to have to start thinking along these terms. if we do not want to live in a very, in an increasingly divided society.” think it is something we will turn to and return to many times. for the moment, thank you very much. let's return now to our main story. the police watchdog has said the paedophile ian watkins could have been arrested nearly four years earlier, if officers in south wales had properly investigated numerous tip—offs about him. michael wolkind qc defended watkins' ex—girlfriend, who had to clear her name when she was accused of sharing watkins' indecent images. mark lobel has been speaking to him. south wales police haven't had the grace and integrity to apologise to her, so they have to admit their failings and yet she remains a marginalised figure. throughout this investigation, the police didn't believe joanne, didn't believe that she was a credible witness.
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they didn't. they had some false information that she had once been sectioned, they had some true information that she used to be a sex worker, so what? all they had to do was check her claims about ian watkins and they never did, and that's the remarkable thing in this so—called investigation. she, time after time, went to her local police station, offering them the chance to look at her computer, her laptop, where she had an e—mailfrom him, attaching photographs of an underage child and they didn't want to look at it. and they never did. and yet she provided the police with evidence on four different occasions. what difference would it have made if the police had listened tojoanne? oh, it would have stopped the danger to young children. i haven't got the time line, but somewhere in the report it says it may have made a difference for some months to one child. it's much wider than that. they could have stopped this is much earlier. after all, she started complaining in 2008, year after year after year
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of her complaining, her doing right thing, the police doing nothing and then doing the wrong thing. how damaging was being ignored to joanne? even to this day, she is trolled online as if she is a bad person. here is someone who once was infatuated with him, discovered what he really did. immediately reported, persistently deported, persistently reported, even warned him that if anything else happens, then it will be on your head, not mine because she gave them every opportunity to do their job, to investigate. they weren't interested. well, clearly a mistake was made. but the south wales police have said sorry, is that enough? not quite. they've said sorry because they are forced to face up to their own ineptitude. they have not had the grace or integrity to apologise to her. i wonder why? in fact, she was prosecuted. she was prosecuted because she became noisy. in public, she was interviewed on television, still talking about the lost opportunity that the police had that
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the police had and their inaction. and that made her feel bad that she hadn't been listened to, as if she was asking herself, could i have done more? actually, she couldn't have done more. but they did nothing. two white farmers accused of forcing a black south african into a coffin and threatening to douse him in petrol and burn him alive have been found guilty. willem 0osthuizen and theo martins jackson are alleged to have put victor mlotshwa in the coffin accusing him of being a trespasser. they also allegedly threatened to put a snake in with him when he resisted. ina in a moment we will have a summary of the business news. but at the moment, your other headlines. the police watchdog has said that the paedophile ian watkins could have been arrested nearly four years earlier if south wales police had investigated numerous tip—offs. passengers have been warned by rail operators to expect delays over the bank holiday weekend due to engineering works — with roadworks also affecting some journeys.
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at least 1a people have been killed in violent protests over the rape conviction of a controversial religious leader in north india. hello. in the business news this afternoon: the boss of mobile phone giant samsung has beenjailed forfive years for corruption. lee jae—yong was found found guilty of giving donations worth £29 million to non—profit foundations linked to south korea's former president in return for political favours. shares in british supermarkets have fallen on the prospect of a price war with amazon. it has announced that its going to slash prices at its whole foods grocery chain in everything from bananas to salmon. it will complete its take—over of whole foods on monday next which it has bought for almost £11bn. british airways has called on the uk's border force to tackle ‘serious inefficiencies' at uk airports. the airline says routinely at heathrow‘s terminal 5, only a third of the 29 electronic
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gates are open and are usually shut early at 11pm. it causes massive queues and frustrating delays. it said that with brexit just round the corner the uk needs to show that it's an easy place to travel to. head of the us federal reserce janet yellen is due to speak very shortly at what could be her last speech at the central bankers annual conference injackson hole, wyoming. let's talk to michelle fleury in new york. michelle, hello. she is basically preparing for what could be her last speech, but it is not confirmed. there are potential rumours saying around she may be reinstated. how does wall street feel about it all? we're expecting her to speak in 15 minutes or so. she is at the annual
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gathering of top central bankers from around the world. in the past, this has been somewhere where policymakers have used it as an opportunity to unveil new ideas. certainly during the financial crisis, that was the case. no one is expecting too much from the speech. the chapter is, what will be the future of the federal reserve of janet yellen. it is not clear if donald trump will ask you to stay on for another term or whether she would accept if he did. 0r for another term or whether she would accept if he did. or if she will nominate someone else. gary:, director of national economic council, whose name has been mentioned. another is the head of the columbia university here, the business school. at this point, it is all speculation. many people want to know and because of that they are not expecting too much from her when
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she gives her speech about regulation. interesting. this beaches after ten years, it is a considerable amount of time given where we were ten years ago. is this speech meant to be more reflective? look, it is meant to be about regularity reform. when you look back at janet yellen's term so far, she carried on and she picked up when her predecessor left of which is carrying out this extraordinary stimulus at at a time to time prop up stimulus at at a time to time prop up and boost the us economy in their wa ke up and boost the us economy in their wake of the financial crisis. now the us economy is moving into a different stage and the federal reserve is trying to respond to that without raising rates, talking about trying to wire down the assets on its books. the speech will focus on regulations, that has also been part
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of their duties when it comes to the oversight wall street banks. donald trump has spoken about using the burdens on companies, particularly their financial sector, to get them to lend more. that has been part of the speculation about why he may choose someone else, someone more friendly to the financial sector. but we will have to see. the other person speaking today is the head of the european central bank, and many people waiting to see what he has to say about europe, in a similar position in trying to dial back some of the stimulus. we will not have long to wait till we find out. thank you michelle. we've heard lots about self—driving cars being tested on our roads, well, next year self—driving lorries will be tried out. small convoys of partially self—driving lorries will be tried out on major british roads by the end of next year. up to three lorries will travel in formation, with acceleration and braking controlled
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by the lead vehicle. they don't look too hard to spot! spotify has signed a new licensing deal with warner music group. it's the last of the three big record labels to agree to make its catalogue available to spotify‘s 1a0 million users. with the deal, it makes it increasingly likely the company will float on the stockmarket. qantas airline says it will offer the first ever direct flights from sydney to london by 2022 — if airbus or boeing can deliver planes capable of travelling the distance without refuelling. next year it aims to fly direct from perth to london. shares in lender provident financial have risen for a third day in a row
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now following a 66% plunge on tuesday. the company have said they're going to shake up management so that's helped the stock recover considerably. on tuesday they issued a profit warning which prompted that plunge. wpp aren't doing too well either — theyre a big advertising and marketing company. it reported big losses this week and saw 11% wiped of its share price on wednesday...it gained a bit back yesterday but its back down again today. it's a week since the terror attacks in barcelona and on the costa brava which killed 15 people. the initial unity between the spanish government in madrid and the autonomous government in catalonia, which wants to hold a referendum on independence in a month's time, has been replaced with finger—pointing — over which police force missed information about the terrorist plot. tom burridge reports from catalonia. still bustling. tourists and locals on las ramblas paying their respects. in the town where the attackers lived, a father, brahim aallaa, insisting he never saw any sign that two of his boys were planning to kill.
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one of his sons looking relaxed here, shopping. hours later, said aallaa and those alongside him would attack tourists in a coastal resort. the football pitch they used to play on. opposite, the family house of the ramblas van driver younes abouyaaqoub. some of those who knew the men didn't want to go on camera. this man grew up with one of the group. he was a colleague until the attacks. all of those who ended up as terrorists spent their afternoons here, he told us. they seemed like normal guys. there was nothing strange. we have spoken to a group of women who have just come out of the family home of younes abouyaaqoub. in fact, the women's own children went to the same mosque and were taught by the same preacher — abdelbaki es satty. and they say they never heard or saw anything to suggest he was the ringleader of a terror plot. but es satty was known to the authorities in belgium.
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in spanish and catalan newspapers this week, recriminations. spanish sources blaming catalonia's own police force for not sharing information. catalan sources suggesting the fault lies with the national security agencies in spain. if i was the mother of one of the children there, for example, i would be so, so cross to sit down in front of the television and watch the police fighting between each other, and doing these playground conflicts. we have to be united and not show this image of a lack of coordination and division. because the terrorists want this exactly. pro—independence catalan flags hang in barcelona. one month before the autonomous government here plans what spain says will be an illegal independence referendum. a city and a country united in grief, but political divisions have revealed cracks in policing. tom burridge, bbc news, in barcelona.
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hundreds of animals at london zoo — from the tree frogs to lions — are being measured as parts of the annual weigh—in. the sizes and weights of the creatures are recorded by the keepers so they can monitor the creatures' health and well—being. tim allman reports. when you are weighing someone, this is not the sort of thing that usually happens. the squirrel monkeys of london zoo, a little reluctant to co—operate. every year, around 200 animals get put on the scales. these baby penguins, a little more docile, but not all the zoo's inhabitants are as willing to play ball. some are definitely less cooperative, and it's not even about being less cooperative sometimes — some of them think it's a game. primates in particular and young animals are very inquisitive when you go in. and they think it's a game and they are more interested
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at pecking at the scales, looking at the gloves the keepers are wearing, or running off with some of the food and not getting on the scales at all. so it can be a real challenge. it's notjust weight — other vital statistics are of interest, too. a giant ruler being used to measure the height of these lions. a sack of meat encouraging them to stand on their hind legs to get the most accurate figures. all this information helps the zoo monitor the animals' health and well—being. information that is then shared with other zoos around the world. from the smallest to the largest, every animal takes part, weather they want to or not. tim allman, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. he is lucy martin. hello. a north—south split to our weather
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today. i weather watchers at the note and sending in their pictures. blue skies and suffolk. as we move into the weekend, looks as if we will see a lot of warm sunshine around, still the risk of seeing the odd isolated shower, particularly on saturday. a few outbreaks of light drizzly rain in the far north—west on sunday. today we have seen a bit ofa on sunday. today we have seen a bit of a north—south split, some of rain moving across northern ireland and scotland. as we move through the rest of the day today, we will see some good spells of sunshine across the far south and south east. temperatures reaching a maximum of 2a 25 celsis, more in the way of cloud in the midlands, could produce the odd spot of rain, mainly dry with a few sunny spells. a risk of a few fairly heavy showers across northern ireland and scotland, some localised flooding could happen in
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northern ireland. as we go through this evening and overnight, continuing to see that rain edging its way eastwards, it all starts to improve from the west. so northern ireland and western scotland seeing drier weather pushing and, most of england will be dry with the odd isolated shower, lowes between 11 and 15 celsius. tomorrow we'll start off warm in the south, good spells off warm in the south, good spells of sunshine. the odd isolated shower. further north, and improving picture. some good spells of sunshine, just the risk of the odd isolated shower and the good beat heavy. temperatures up on today, 25 or 26 celsius. that takes us into sunday and sunday is looking like another decent day with plenty of dry and bright weather around. the rest of the sunshine the further south you are. —— best. temperatures reaching a maximum of 27 celsius and
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that takes us into monday where i weather front will bring some outbreaks of rain into northern ireland and scotland, turning breezy. temperatures at a maximum of 27 celsius. this is bbc news. i'm rachel schofield. the headlines at 3:00pm: a rock star, jailed for depraved child abuse, could have been caught years earlier if a key witness had been believed. the singer's former girlfriend reported him to the police many times, but she was never taken seriously. she, time after time asked them to look at her laptop where she had
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an e—mailfrom him with photographs of children and they didn't want to look at it. a warning of potential major disruption on the railways and the roads this weekend as millions prepare for the bank holiday amid engineering works on some of the country's busiest routes.
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